A Season with Verona

Tim Parks goes on the road to follow the fortunes of Hellas Verona football club, to pay a different kind of visit to some of the world's most beautiful cities, and to get a fresh take on the conundrum that is national character.

Author: Tim Parks

Publisher: Harvill Secker

ISBN: STANFORD:36105025800330

Category: Italy

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Tim Parks goes on the road to follow the fortunes of Hellas Verona football club, to pay a different kind of visit to some of the world's most beautiful cities, and to get a fresh take on the conundrum that is national character.

A Season With Verona

It's the first home game of the season. Verona face the daunting Udinese, already well advanced in the UEFA cup. Please don't lose. A chant starts up. 'Vcrona, Verona segnaper nm'!' Verona, score for us. It spreads round the rurva.

Author: Tim Parks

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781448105168

Category: Travel

Page: 464

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'Delves into the very essence of being a fan, while seamlessly exploring Italian history, politics, culture and society,' Guardian Is Italy a united country, or a loose affiliation of warring states? Is Italian football a sport, or an ill-disguised protraction of ancient enmities? Tim Parks goes on the road to follow the fortunes of Hellas Verona football club, to pay a different kind of visit to some of the world's most beautiful cities. This is a highly personal account of one man's relationship with a country, its people and its national sport. A book that combines the pleasures of travel writing with a profound analysis of one country's mad, mad way of keeping itself entertained.

A Season with Verona

After twenty years in the bel paese, Tim Parks goes on the road to follow the fortunes of his hometown soccer club, Hellas Verona, to pay a different kind of visit to some of the world’s most beautiful cities, and to get a fresh take on ...

Author: Tim Parks

Publisher: Arcade

ISBN: 1611457335

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 464

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Is Italy a united country, or a loose affiliation of warring states? Is Italian football (which we Americans know as “soccer”) a sport, or an ill-disguised protraction of ancient enmities? After twenty years in the bel paese, Tim Parks goes on the road to follow the fortunes of his hometown soccer club, Hellas Verona, to pay a different kind of visit to some of the world’s most beautiful cities, and to get a fresh take on the conundrum that is national character. From Udine to Catania, from the San Siro to the Olimpico, traveling with the raucous and unruly Verona fans—whose conduct is a cross between that of asylum inmates and the Keystone Kops—Tim Parks offers his highly personal account of one man’s relationship with a country, its people, and its national sport. The clubs are struggling, as always, to keep their heads above water in Series A. The fans, as always, are accused of vulgarity, racism, and violence. It’s an election year and politics encroaches. The police are ambiguous, the journeys exhausting, the referees unforgivable, the anecdotes hilarious. And behind it all is the growing intuition that in a world stripped of idealism and bereft of religion, soccer offers a new and fiercely ironic way of forming community and engaging with the sacred.

All that You Can t Leave Behind

opening pages of A Season with Verona (a riveting account of following the Italian football team, Hellas Verona, through one league season), Tim Parks tells us of the etymology of the word 'fan'. It comes, he writes,'from fanatic, ...

Author: Soumya Bhattacharya

Publisher: Penguin Books India

ISBN: 9780143066293

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 65

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If one were to do a nationwide poll of Indians born after Independence and ask which is the one date they remember most, the answer may well be 25 June 1983, the date on which India won the cricket World Cup. It is often said that cricket in India is like a religion; nothing could be more misleading. Religion has scarred the nation more deeply than anything else. Cricket is the balm that heals. In our collective consciousness, there is nothing quite like cricket. As the most visible expression of national identity, as an obsession or a dream, cricket is the only thing that possibly unites a country as diverse and as contradiction-ridden as India. In this brilliant book, Soumya Bhattacharya shows how we have made this game our own, given it our own colour, our own customs, our own codes. And how cricket in turn has come to permeate every aspect of our public life, from popular culture to politics so that, when a game is on, the rest of life happens strictly between overs.

Globaloney 2 0

One very interesting personal account is A Season with Verona by the novelist ( and literature professor ) Tim Parks . " Parks is a fan of Hellas Verona , his local team , and spent one season attending every home and away Verona game ...

Author: Michael Veseth

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 074256746X

Category: Political Science

Page: 242

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Globalization is in retreat, but history tells us that this is but a temporary reversal. Globalization will return, but in what form? More cycles of boom and bust? Or can globalization be rebuilt on a more feasible and sustainable platform? These are the compelling questions that Michael Veseth tackles in this thoroughly revised and updated edition of his award-winning book. Veseth shows how pre-crash visions of globalization were based on three powerful myths: that global finance was a stable foundation for a global economy, that global markets homogenized and Americanized the world, and that globalization itself was irresistible--impossible to shape or oppose at any level from the grassroots on up. The world economic crisis has revealed globalization's Achilles heel: the fundamental instability of global financial markets and the unsettled foundation of economic globalization generally. This realization is a necessary first step, but it alone is not enough. We must rethink the rest of globalization's myths, Veseth persuasively argues, if we want to move beyond boom and bust to a sustainable global future.

Globaloney

There has been a good deal of scholarly work written about how fan groups have used their association with soccer to build distinctive local identities.45 One very interesting personal account is A Season with Verona by the novelist ...

Author: Michael Veseth

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742536599

Category: Political Science

Page: 284

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Veseth separates rhetoric from reality by taking close-ups of classic globalization images and comparing them with unexpected alternative visions.

Book Lust to Go

Tim Parks's Italian Neighbors: Or a Lapsed AngloSaxon in Verona and An Italian Education: The Further Adventuresof an Expatriate in Verona aredelightful memoirs. Parks also wrote A Season with Verona: Travels Around Italy in Searchof ...

Author: Nancy Pearl

Publisher: Sasquatch Books

ISBN: 9781570617010

Category: Travel

Page: 320

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Adventure is just a book away as best-selling author Nancy Pearl returns with recommended reading for more than 120 destinations around the globe. Book Lust To Go connects the best fiction and nonfiction to particular destinations, whether your bags are packed or your armchair is calling. With stops from Texas to Timbuktu, Nancy Pearl's reading recommendations will send you on your way.

Winning at All Costs

Verona were constantly fined, and flirted with the banning of their home ground in the 20002001 season, a story told in some detail by Tim Parks in A Season with Verona.22 In the 2002-3 season Fiorentina fans displayed this banner in a ...

Author: John Foot

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781568586526

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 624

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The 2006 World Cup final between Italy and France was a down-and-dirty game, marred by French superstar Zidane's head-butting of Italian defender Materazzi. But viewers were also exposed to the poetry, force, and excellence of the Italian game; as operatic as Verdi and as cunning as Machiavelli, it seemed to open a window into the Italian soul. John Foot's epic history shows what makes Italian soccer so unique. Mixing serious analysis and comic storytelling, Foot describes its humble origins in northern Italy in the 1890s to its present day incarnation where soccer is the national civic religion. A story that is reminiscent of Gangs of New York and A Clockwork Orange, Foot shows how the Italian game -- like its political culture -- has been overshadowed by big business, violence, conspiracy, and tragedy, how demagogues like Benito Mussolini and Silvio Berlusconi have used the game to further their own political ambitions. But Winning at All Costs also celebrates the sweet moments -- the four World Cup victories, the success of Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, the role soccer played in the resistance to Nazism, and the great managers and players who show that Italian soccer is as irresistible as Italy itself.

The Rough Guide to the Italian Lakes

In A Season with Verona, Parks spends the 2000–01 football season seeing his beloved team play every game – home and away. The vivid characterizations, backed by highly attuned insight into Italian and Veronese society, ...

Author: Rough Guides

Publisher: Rough Guides UK

ISBN: 9780241217535

Category: Travel

Page: 536

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Now available as an epub, the Rough Guide to The Italian Lakes is the most authoritative guide to this exquisitely beautiful region. Clear maps and detailed coverage of every attraction, from dramatic Lake Garda and dreamy Lake Como to scenic journeys and unforgettable hideaways on charming Lake Maggiore and lesser-known lakes such as Orta, Iseo and Lugano. Discover the majestic beauty of Verona, as well as the best shopping in Milan and the finest art in Bergamo and Mantua (Mantova). Itineraries suggest tailored trips, while knowledgeable accounts bring the area's Baroque gardens and Renaissance palaces to life. Rely on up-to-date recommendations of the best restaurants, bars, cafés, shops and hotels for every budget and to suit every taste. Follow epic walks and cycle ways, explore lakeside villas, visit medieval villages. Relax, draw breath and lose yourself in the spectacular Italian Lakes, with sharp, intelligent writing from experienced authors. Make the most of your time on EarthTM with The Rough Guide to The Italian Lakes.

Isn t This Fun

3 Aristotle, On Rhetoric, Oxford 2007 4 JeanPaul Sartre, Critique of Dialectical Reason, Verso 2006 5 Jacques Derrida, Society Matters, AutumnWinter 1998 6 Tim Parks, A Season with Verona, Vintage 2012 7 Alex Bellos, Futebol: Soccer, ...

Author: Michael Foley

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781471154836

Category: Philosophy

Page: 400

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Michael Foley wants to understand why he doesn't appear to be experiencing as much 'fun' as everyone else. So, with characteristic wit and humour, he sets out to understand what fun really means, examining its heritage, its cultural significance and the various activities we associate with fun. He investigates pursuits such as dancing, sex, holidays, sport, gaming, and comedy, and concludes that fun is not easy, simple and fixed, as many seem to believe, but elusive, complex and constantly changing. In fact, fun is a profoundly serious business, a range of new group rituals evolving in response to cultural developments, often motivated as much by spirituality as hedonism. Also, while fun is a modern phenomenon it turns out to have recreated many of the elements of early ritual. His findings will invigorate you with insights, make you laugh at life, and quite possibly help you to understand why the post-post-modern is actually the pre-pre-modern.